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Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
Adrian Clayborn burst onto the scene in 2009 and surprised many by coming back for his senior season in 2010. Like Heyward, the numbers were not as good in his last tour of duty, but he still has the ability to be a great pick for any team in need of a defensive end this year.
Strengths: Like Heyward, Clayborn is a very stout and powerful defensive end. He is very explosive when shedding tacklers and exploding to the ball carrier. He uses his leverage well to get under the pad level of offensive linemen and change the line of scrimmage. Clayborn has an unbelievable motor and desire that could eventually take him to a Pro Bowl.
The Knock: Clayborn is not very quick because of his thick lower body and cannot pursue as well as other rush ends. He has a penchant to rely on his explosion with a big hit to bring down a ball carrier rather than using good technique to wrap up and tackle. Lastly, Clayborn has had some off-the-field issues, which always give NFL teams pause for concern.
Best Guess: Early second with a possibility for late first round